How I Made $210 My First Month Blogging

July 1, 2017

Learning how to make money online changed my life forever.

Two years ago, I was stuck in a boring office job and yearned for a life of travel. I did a lot of research and found several successful online side hustles. In just a few months, I began earning enough money to quit my job and become location independent.

I decided to start my own blog and write about my new lifestyle.

But I made one crucial mistake… I had no strategy.

I didn’t promote my posts or connect with other bloggers. And nobody was going to find my posts through search engines because I didn’t know how to use keywords! If you’re struggling with SEO, definitely check out my post about beginner SEO tips for bloggers.

I just expected the traffic to start rolling in.

But, guess what?

It didn’t.

My blog went unnoticed. And all too quickly, I gave up on my dreams of blogging. I didn’t touch or even look at my blog for almost two years. And then out of the blue, I got a random email earlier this year from someone who said that my blog inspired them to become a freelance writer!


Knowing that I was able to inspire someone through my blog was all it took to get me back on the horse.

Last month, I decided to start blogging again. But this time, with a strategy.

Over the last month, I have been working really hard to build up my blog. I write content often, promote my posts on social media, connect with other bloggers and do a lot of research. And much to my own surprise, I was able to make over $200 in my very first month of blogging!

And I’ll tell you exactly how I did it.

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BLOG INCOME REPORT FOR JUNE 2017

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This post contains affiliate links, to find out more information, please read my disclaimer. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

I love reading blogger income reports. I find them both informative and inspirational. Over the last month, I’ve read countless income reports which have helped me learn how to make money blogging. I learned so much in fact, that I wrote an entire post about how to monetize a blog, which I highly recommend reading.

And although I talk about 5 different money-making methods in that post, I have only tried one method so far: affiliate marketing.

Blogging Income Breakdown

In June, I signed up for a bunch of affiliate networks and programs. And I was able to earn a total of $210. Or as I like to look at it, $272 CAD – where the rest of my Canadians at?! Oh, and I also earned a free Uber ride.

Let’s take a look at the breakdown:

I often include my Airbnb referral link in my blog posts, which provides first-time users with a $50 coupon off their first stay. In return, I receive a $25 travel credit for my future reservations. I’ve had several people sign up for Airbnb with my link, but none have completed their trips yet.

I also include my Uber referral link throughout my posts, which provides first-time users with a free ride. In return, I receive a free ride also. So far, I’ve earned one free Uber ride through my blog.

TOTAL INCOME FOR JUNE 2017 = $210 

Or $272 Canadian Dollars!

PLUS a free Uber ride!

Not bad for my first month, am I right?!

At first, I found it quite difficult to keep track of all the affiliate networks and programs that I signed up with. So, I designed a handy affiliate tracking sheet, which helps me remember all of my affiliates, logins, and passwords. I always refer to this when I’m writing new posts so I can decide which companies to include.You can download the same sheet, plus a ton of other freebies by joining my Secret Library!

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Blogging Expenses Breakdown

To be honest, I didn’t have very many blogging-related expenses this month. As I mentioned earlier, I technically started this blog in 2015. Back then, I paid upfront for a 36-month hosting plan. And here is what I spent money on this month:

  • Website Theme: $50 (I was previously using a free theme and was in need of a serious upgrade!)
  • Tailwind: $15 (An inexpensive tool to put my Pinterest on autopilot? Yes, please! This month, I’ve been scheduling all of my pins through Tailwind and now Pinterest is my biggest source of traffic by a landslide. Sign up for Tailwind using my referral link and get your first month for free!)

June Achievements

Besides making money through my blog, I had some other achievements this past month! Let’s take a look at my highlight reel:

  • I Started a Blog. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how big of an achievement this is on its own? If you’re feeling inspired and want to start your own blog, check out my in-depth guide!
  • I Learned New Skills. Okay, so this is more of a personal achievement rather than a blog achievement. But since I started this blog, I’ve learned a lot about search engine optimization, coding, and graphic design. And I for one, love learning new things.
  • My Social Media Grew. I really put myself out there this month. I joined Facebook groups, Pinterest group boards, Instagram comment pods and followed a bunch of other bloggers. Here is a breakdown of my social media growth (keep in mind that a lot of these were initially my personal accounts, which is why I already had some followers):
    • Facebook page likes: 0 to 142
    • Twitter followers: 282 to 957
    • Instagram followers: 2,421 to 3,011
    • Pinterest followers: 27 to 305
  • I Started an Email List. As per the advice of many bloggers, I decided to start an email list from the very beginning. I created an exciting opt-in: the Secret Library, where I share free blogging resources, printables, and advice. I’ve only had an email list for about two weeks and I’m very impressed by the numbers so far.

Goals for Next Month

I am very proud of myself for everything I accomplished this past month. And for July, I have even bigger plans! Here are some goals I want to hit next month:

  • Grow My Social Media. I saw some decent social media growth this past month but that doesn’t mean I want to slow down anytime soon. In July, I definitely want to focus on growing my Pinterest followers. To achieve this, I am going to make more Pinterest boards for my own profile and apply to more Pinterest group boards. If you don’t know where to start when it comes to finding Pinterest group boards, you’re in luck. I’ve made a Pinterest group board master list and you can find it in the Secret Library!
  • Start a Facebook Group. Honestly, Facebook groups are such an awesome way to connect with each other, ask for advice and promote/share content. In July, I want to start my own Facebook group and bring more bloggers and entrepreneurs!
  • Make a Resources Page. I don’t know about you, but I looove finding resources pages on blogs that I read. It’s a great way to learn about new products and services. And I’m also thankful for bloggers that share their best secrets!
  • Write a Monthly Roundup. Full disclosure, this was actually one of my goals for this month. But the last two weeks of June were jam-packed for me. I could barely find enough time to write this post, never mind a roundup! But next month, I want to write a July roundup, where I share new blogs and products that I’ve been loving.

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Final Thoughts

That concludes my very first income report. I hope you enjoyed learning about my blogging journey, income, achievements, and goals!

If you’re feeling hungry for more income reports, check out some of my favorites: 

Also, check out my top blog posts from June if you haven’t read them already:

Want to start your own lifestyle blog? Then you need to read this guide, which will teach you how to set up your very own blog, write great content and make money from it all. If you have any questions along the way, don’t be afraid to shoot me a message.

Let’s talk about blog income in the comments!

Share your favorite income reports. Tell us how you made your first money blogging. Or share your goals for next month!

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69 Comments

  • Amy

    Thank you for sharing! As a newer blogger (I’ve been doing this since April), I’m curious – did you sign up for affiliate programs right away? Or did you wait until your traffic grew?

    July 1, 2017 at 17:06 Reply
    • Maya

      I signed up for the affiliate networks very early. I think I had 3 or 4 posts up on my blog. I started with the easy ones like my hosting company and once I felt comfortable enough, I applied to more! Personally, I think it’s a good idea to start early. It gives you time to figure out what works best for your blog!

      July 1, 2017 at 17:22 Reply
  • Amanda Mason

    Good job!! I’m finally monetizing on my food blog…about $500 a month now. My encouragement to you is to keep at it. Do something every single day with your blog. Become part of multiple share groups. Pinterest is a goldmine…they send you SO much traffic! Keep it up!!

    July 1, 2017 at 17:23 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks so much Amanda! Your advice is golden. I will certainly keep at it 🙂

      July 1, 2017 at 17:25 Reply
    • Tammie

      How do you make money blogging?

      August 13, 2017 at 01:32 Reply
  • Tiffany Staples

    This is great! Thank you so much for putting this out there and being real. Congratulations on your first month – I hope you triple it next month!
    Tiffany
    http://tiffanystaples.com

    July 1, 2017 at 18:29 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank you SO much for the support Tiffany!

      July 1, 2017 at 18:57 Reply
  • Krista

    Wow! Congratulations on a great first month girl! I’m genuinely excited to keep following along.

    July 2, 2017 at 01:07 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Krista! That means a lot coming from you. Reading your income reports is part of what inspired me to write my own!

      July 2, 2017 at 01:18 Reply
  • Heather

    Congratulations to you! I have been blogging since February and haven’t had the courage to monetize. Thanks for the extra push. I will definitely be using your tips.

    July 2, 2017 at 13:13 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Heather! Once you find a method that works for you, you’ll be monetizing in no time at all! I wrote an entire post about 5 ways you can monetize your blog. Check it out here for some inspo! All the best girly!

      July 2, 2017 at 13:15 Reply
  • Victoria

    Yay for Canadian bloggers! I have been hobby blogging for the last 6 months and finally started to gain some traction so it’s nice to have someone who knows what they are doing to follow to help me along. Thanks for sharing!

    July 2, 2017 at 13:38 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s so awesome Victoria! You have a lovely family blog and I’m so happy to hear it’s gaining traction! Can’t wait to follow along.

      July 2, 2017 at 16:08 Reply
  • siful moni

    I am struggling with my blog since a long time and this post is totally change my mind and um concentrate on my work again.

    July 2, 2017 at 22:10 Reply
  • Katherine

    I love Krista!! She is so amazing.

    July 2, 2017 at 23:38 Reply
    • Maya

      Right? She’s badass.

      July 3, 2017 at 02:43 Reply
  • Mao

    This is awesome Maya. Very impressive numbers. Thank you for sharing as it motivates new blogger like myself.

    July 3, 2017 at 20:41 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank you so much Mao!

      July 4, 2017 at 17:45 Reply
  • Ying-NavigatingAdulthood

    This is amazing! I’m also a new blogger, but I’ve earned very little so far. I’ll definitely look into some of the methods you mentioned!

    July 4, 2017 at 01:43 Reply
    • Maya

      Absolutely Ying. If you ever have any questions about monetizing, feel free to ask!

      July 4, 2017 at 17:46 Reply
  • Sam Terry

    This is awesome Maya, a very good encouragement for those of us starting out!

    July 4, 2017 at 07:21 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Sam! That’s what I was hoping to hear 🙂

      July 4, 2017 at 17:46 Reply
  • Jess

    Great advice for newbie bloggers!!! 🙂

    July 4, 2017 at 16:50 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank you Jess!

      July 4, 2017 at 17:47 Reply
  • Sharon

    These are great tips Maya. I just subscribed. I launched my blog in March and I am just now looking into monetizing it. This post was very helpful. Thank you.

    July 5, 2017 at 00:08 Reply
  • Chloe

    This was a really informative post! I am definitely going to try and implement some of these tips! I never really did affiliate marketing, mostly just sponsored posts. Congrats on your success within the first month, that’s really exciting! 🙂

    xo, Chloe

    July 5, 2017 at 22:39 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Chloe! I’m the opposite as you, only tried affiliate marketing but never sponsored posts! Hope to get into some this month. Any advice is always appreciated!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:45 Reply
  • Casey the College Celiac

    Congrats on getting back into blogging and for all the growth you made! I started my blog 4 years ago with NO idea what I was doing or any plan, so the past few months have been a similar “re-awakening” (and re-focusing) period for me.

    July 5, 2017 at 22:48 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank you Casey! Congrats to both of us for getting back on the horse!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:45 Reply
  • Carola

    Great income report! Congrats. You’re doing very well. Thanks for sharing the strategy. Love that it worked already in the first month.

    July 5, 2017 at 22:50 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank you Carola! I’m quite surprised myself. Now I have a high bar to pass this month…

      July 5, 2017 at 23:46 Reply
  • Andrew Turner

    Great to see that you have had so much success in such a short period of time!

    July 5, 2017 at 23:06 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Andrew!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:46 Reply
  • Ada

    This is wonderful! Congratulations! I am blogging for a year now and i haven’t make any money yet but I am not giving up! I’ve learn so much because of it of social media marketing so hopefully I’ll see some profit soon:)

    July 5, 2017 at 23:06 Reply
    • Maya

      Ada, whatever you do – don’t give up! Once you put your mind to it, you’ll be able to make money blogging in no time!!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:46 Reply
  • Laura Piekarski

    This is so so so helpful! Thank you, and keep at it!

    July 5, 2017 at 23:07 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Laura!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:47 Reply
  • Rob Satrom

    This is super encouraging to read. I was just talking with a friend of ours that’s kind of frustrated about their income situation. I started talking about the way you can write for companies like Fiverr, or blogging or using writing, she was blown away. Keep sharing what’s working and what’s not.

    This is entrepreneurship at its finest. It reminds me of how my grandmother stayed debt free and hustled for 40 years just adding value through house cleaning – and she died with a fortune.

    Keep at it Maya and I’m looking forward to learning more

    July 5, 2017 at 23:32 Reply
    • Maya

      Rob, thank you so much for this comment. There are so many “side hustle” opportunities out there. Enough that you can turn them into your full-time job! Your grandma sounds like an inspiring woman. Looking forward to keeping up with you!

      July 5, 2017 at 23:48 Reply
  • Cayla Daniels

    Congrats!! It’s always exciting to see the $$ rolling in and your hard work paying off.

    July 6, 2017 at 00:40 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Cayla! Very exciting indeed.

      July 7, 2017 at 11:03 Reply
  • Dominique | Perchance to Cook

    Wow that’s amazing! I wish I would have been so informed when I first started blogging.

    July 6, 2017 at 01:17 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Dominique! So far, all of my research has paid off!

      July 7, 2017 at 11:04 Reply
  • Gina Marie | The Professional Woman Blog

    Thanks for sharing. I’m a new blogger and I want to make 130 dollars this month so I don’t have to come out of pocket for my own domain.

    July 6, 2017 at 01:51 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s a great goal Gina! I’m confident that you’ll be able to get there. Your blog looks great so far!

      July 7, 2017 at 11:05 Reply
  • Courtney

    I feel like I could monetize my blog, but I’m not quite sure I want to take that leap yet! My blog is kinda secret haha not sure if I’m ready to expose myself to friends and family yet 🙂

    July 6, 2017 at 03:46 Reply
    • Maya

      Courtney, I say go for it! You don’t have to reveal your blog to family and friends before you monetize. Although it might help with sales if you go the affiliate marketing route.

      July 7, 2017 at 11:06 Reply
  • Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder

    Your growth is impressive. How much time are you putting into this as a ballpark for us with day jobs

    July 6, 2017 at 05:05 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Natalie! Great question. I’d say on average 3 or 4 hours a day.

      July 7, 2017 at 11:08 Reply
  • Louann Kristy

    I’ve signed up for affiliates but haven’t taken the time yet to put it to work ! I think I should this weekend. 🙂
    Thanks for these tips !!

    July 6, 2017 at 15:25 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s great Louann! At least you’ve already signed up. This weekend, maybe work on creating a new post with affiliate links or add links to some of your existing posts!

      July 7, 2017 at 11:09 Reply
  • Nicole

    Congratulations on the success!! I just made my first blog dollar in June myself, and it’s the greatest feeling! Especially since I’ve been blogging since January. Seems like the hosting services are where most of the money comes from. I haven’t made a single dollar off any programs on Awin yet, but I made $100 from SiteGround. Hope you make even more this month!!

    July 6, 2017 at 17:52 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Nicole! Congratulations to you for monetizing in June! It is the best feeling. So far, I’ve seen the best results from my hosting company but I’m going to try and promote some other affiliates this month!

      July 7, 2017 at 11:11 Reply
  • Marie

    This is great! I love it. When I started last November I think I made $80. So 200 is awesome! This is an inspiration.

    Marie over at Ladies Make Money Online

    July 6, 2017 at 20:40 Reply
  • Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    That’s awesome that you started blogging again after 2 years and turned a good profit. 🙂 Congrats!! You are well on your way to many more profitable months.

    July 6, 2017 at 22:19 Reply
  • Brigette Collins

    This is awesome! Congrats! I can’t wait to start profiting off of my work!

    July 7, 2017 at 04:16 Reply
  • Flunkingmonkey

    Hey! Great Post 🙂 It is so motivating to see bloggers making money for their hard work! I’m hoping my blog start increasing in revenue as I place more work into it.

    July 7, 2017 at 10:53 Reply
  • Danielle

    Great job! I’m working on increasing my blog income all the time. I use ads, affiliate links and write sponsored content, but I’m still working to increase my traffic so I can get more sponsored opps (that fit my niche, of course).

    July 7, 2017 at 21:00 Reply
  • Madison

    I love this! I just launched last week. My niche is Christian marriage lifestyle. What do you think would be good affiliates to try to add to my site?

    July 8, 2017 at 01:02 Reply
    • Maya

      Congrats on the launch Madison! Honestly, there are so many affiliate possibilities for your site. You can sign up for Amazon Affiliates and include links to different products – this would be perfect for your honeymoon packing list post! Sign up for an affiliate network like Awin, where you can apply to a TON of different programs. Since you have a lifestyle blog, you can write about anything under the sun!

      July 8, 2017 at 13:13 Reply
      • Madison

        Thanks Maya! This is so encouraging!

        July 8, 2017 at 15:07 Reply
  • Marina

    Thank you for sharing! As new blogger I’m really curious about this. But usually I find report of people that blog for longer time. It’s good to know that is possible monetizing already at the start!

    July 8, 2017 at 02:05 Reply
  • Dawy

    Thanks for sharing! I didn’t realize how easy it was to sign up to be an affiliate for your web host. I’m probably still going to wait for more traffic until I monetize but these are great tips!

    July 8, 2017 at 03:43 Reply
  • Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds

    Wow well done you! So impressive!

    July 11, 2017 at 05:46 Reply
  • Bernadette Jackson

    Now that’s hitting the ground running! I like the way you’re keeping track of progress too.

    July 13, 2017 at 22:06 Reply
  • Shannon Wong

    Wow this is incredible but you can’t really make money if there’s no traffic coming to your site right? That’s what I’m worried 🙁 That I won’t have readers reading my stuff 🙁 especially cause I don’t have any actual income coming in at the moment

    July 23, 2017 at 23:55 Reply
    • Maya

      You definitely need some traffic coming to your site in order to make money blogging. In the beginning, social media is everything. Connect with other bloggers, share your content everywhere, join a bunch of Facebook groups and Pinterest group boards. If you’re ever having trouble, just shoot me an email and we can figure out a game plan for you! 🙂

      July 25, 2017 at 20:38 Reply
  • Jill

    Thanks so much for the tips! Which would you say is the first one to start out with as a beginner?

    August 26, 2017 at 20:49 Reply
    • Maya

      You’re so welcome Jill. The first step is definitely starting a self-hosted blog. After that, work on writing good content and building an audience! Then, decide how you want to monetize. Hope that helps!

      August 27, 2017 at 11:36 Reply

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